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  • Visit Wales Staff Writer | May 22, 2015 12:00 PM ET

    Dive Into Adventure in Wales

    Dive Into Adventure in Wales

    PHOTO: Mount Snowdon is one Wales highest peaks. Courtesy Visit Wales.

    Wales has named 2016 the Year of Adventure but the truth is that adventure never stops in the country. There's always something to take your breath away in the country that invented coasteering – the art and science of jumping off cliffs into water and working your way around the coast. In fact, Wales is home to one of the highest peaks in the United Kingdom – Mount Snowdon.

    Take Surf Snowdonia, the new outdoor-adventure destination opening this July in North Wales. Set in the middle of a forest, surrounded by trees and greenery, this giant, man-made surfing lagoon is the size of six soccer fields and makes waves of up to two-meters. Surf Snowdonia’s one-of-a-kind Wavegarden will set surfer's hearts beating with the push of a button and it's just one of the many amazing adventures you can have in North Wales.

    Snowdonia is fast becoming an adventure hub in the country. This national park, one of the three in Wales, covers 823-square miles of beautiful and unspoilt countryside. The park is also home to one of the UK’s highest and proudest peaks, Mount Snowdon, whose cloud capped summit at 3,560 feet is the highest point in England and Wales. It was here that Sir Edmund Hillary trained to climb Mount Everest. He and Tenzing Norgay eventually became the first mountaineers to successfully ascend its summit, thanks in part to Hilary’s experience on Snowdon.

    You can climb up its snow-girt mountainside, walking up legendary landscapes said to be the last resting place of King Arthur or you can take a cable car up to the peak and save your breath for more adventures in North Wales like Zip World.

    Europe’s longest and fastest zip line at Zip World Snowdonia propels visitors at speeds of over 100 mph about 500 feet over a 200-year-old slate quarry and a pristine mountain lake. The Zip World experience takes the same amount of guts as oh, say, skydiving, but it doesn't require major body power or skill — just the ability to walk 218 yards on a track hauling a harness while wearing a boiler suit and goggles, provided. As long as you're over 9 and are hale and hearty you can do this!

    While Zip World offers an adventure that doesn’t necessarily require high levels of physical stamina, Wales also has experiences that will make you earn your exhilaration; like white water rafting on the River Wye – one of the longest rivers in Britain set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can also kayak and canoe on the River Usk, a smaller but equally beautiful river with fast water in its rocky upper reaches.

    Hikers will revel in walks through the Brecon Beacons, a six peak range in South Wales within Brecon Beacons National Park. The mountains here are full of lore and legends (and even a standing stone or two).

    Walking is not the only way to take in the stunning scenery in Wales. You can also saddle-up on one of the country's many dedicated horse and pony trekking trails – ride through the Cambrian Mountains for hours through wild moorland without seeing a single soul. 

    While walking, riding and hiking are classic forms of adventure, Wales has pioneered the unique and unusual as well. At Bounce Below in North Wales, a 176-year old slate cavern has been transformed into an underground playground, spider-webbed with huge "bouncy nets" that cover the space twice the size of the dome at St. Paul's Cathedral. Spend the day hopping around at this one-of-a-kind, underground trampoline park.

    And for pure inventiveness, what can rival the uniquely Welsh sport of coasteering that takes place all year long off the Pembrokeshire Coast. Coasteering means getting into a wet suit and jumping off a cliff into the waves below. Once in the water, you must make your way around the coast by jumping, swimming and climbing. It may seem a bit nuts, but fans of the sport say nothing comes close to the thrill. And dedicated coasteering outfitters will help novices and experts alike so you can do it safely and still have the time of your life.

    Although 2016 will highlight these, and the many other heart-stopping adventures, travelers can seek thrills in Wales every year – dare to dive in!


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Visit Wales Staff Writer Why Wales? Discover Britain's Road Less Traveled!

Visit Wales Staff Writer Visit Wales is the New York-based government tourism office for Wales, one of four countries that make up the United Kingdom. A land with 641 castles, 870 miles of walkable coastline, three national parks and award-winning cuisine, Wales offers travelers a variety of activities and different landscapes to explore. The country's Celtic history and ancient language make it a distinctive British destination. For more information on Wales travel, trade can visit and consumers can visit
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